Champlain Area Trails
The Grand Hike is Saturday!
Hello there!
We are thrilled you will join us for the Grand Hike on Saturday. We want to share some important details to ensure you have a great time.
WHEN: Check-in is from 9:00 am to 10:15 am at Ballard Park (6466 Main St, Westport, NY 12993). You'll receive a special gift upon check-in.

Please ensure that a waiver is completed for each hiker. If you still need to, please click here to complete the waiver.
WHERE: Hikers will check in at Ballard Park in Westport and catch a shuttle bus to start the hike at McAuliffe Road Trail’s North Trailhead (junction of Sunset Road and McAuliffe Road) in Willsboro, NY.
The hike ends at Mountain Dog Restaurant & Pub (6455 Main St. Westport, NY), where we will have the Grand Hike "après" party. Enjoy outdoor games and live music by Headwall Band from 4 pm to 7 pm. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. ONLY CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED IN THE OUTSIDE FOOD & DRINK TENT. The party ends at 7 pm.
HIKE ROUTE:  Reminder: It's been raining heavily. Wear waterproof boots and gaiters, and bring extra socks and a towel. Be careful on the trail and stay on the path. Thank you for being responsible.

We will have three oases along the way where you find snacks, water, and portapotties.

  • Where should I park? Parking is available throughout Westport, NY, along the street near Ballard Park or other local parking areas. Our volunteers will be present to guide you to the designated parking spots, identifiable by their orange vests. We may direct you to the Essex County Fairgrounds as a last resort. PLEASE DO NOT PARK BEHIND MOUNTAIN DOG RESTAURANT & PUB.

  • Can I bring my dog? We are happy to welcome your furry friend on your hike if they are kept on a leash under your supervision. However, we cannot allow dogs on our shuttles. To ensure a pleasant and safe experience for all hikers, we recommend bringing well-trained and non-aggressive dogs while using non-retractable leashes.
  • What if I can only walk part of the 14 miles? Shuttles will be available throughout the day, stopping at each oasis to provide rides back to Westport.
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Champlain Area Trails
6482 Main Street | PO Box 193
Westport, NY 12993